Dec. 28, 2005
The website of the Jeonbuk Mutual Savings Bank based in Gunsan, North
Jeolla Province, was reportedly attacked by Chinese hackers, marking
the first domestic hacking incident of a bank involving Chinese cyber
criminals. Customers who log onto the website are likely to fall
victim to the hackers by having their cyber money or internet game
items stolen or experiencing a slow down in internet speeds, among
other possible damage.
The bank said it hurriedly deleted the Trojan horse programs, that can
steal user IDs and passwords, exposed on specific online game sites
linked to from its homepage and is now tracing the source of the
program. Trojan Horses are a type of hacking program that takes
advantage of programs with vulnerable Internet security. The programs
allow hackers to steal specific personal information, mainly game IDs
and passwords of users.
A bank official said there would be no critical damage due to the
exposure of personal information, as that server merely introduces
banking services, without actually offering Internet banking services.
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